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Tigers are the largest of the biggest cats and the worlds second largest land carnivore, next to the polar bear. The Siberian tiger is the largest and the Bengal tiger is probably next in line. Here is a Bengal tiger pelt next to an average sized female leopard. The head is stuffed, it had its real skull in with additional debris and clay and plaster in place of muscle structure.

Strangely enough, within the head of the tiger were newspaper cuttings from the time of tanning in 1923. In another tiger pelt, newspaper cuttings were from the day that the Second World War ended, and had three different newspapers within it. Also was the tail of a canine! Maybe a wild dog or fox from India, There are many possibilities. There were also strips of leopard pelt, little paper bags and felt, along with loads of dry grass and clay.